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altruism

(al′troo-ĭz-ĭm) [Fr. altruisme]
Acting for the benefit of others regardless of the consequences for oneself.

involuntary altruism

An action that is taken on behalf of others not because of one's own choosing but because of coercion, fiat, or legislation.
altruist (al′troo-ist″) altruistic (al″troo-is′tik)

altruism

Behaviour manifesting unselfish concern for the advantage of others. Much seemingly altruistic behaviour can be shown, on analysis, not to be so, and there are those who hold that altruism is a myth. Most social scientists, however, accept the concept.
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For example, one might worry that a donor might donate her kidney in return for money that goes to her child, claiming that because she has an altruistic relationship with her child, she is entitled to donate in return for a charitable benefit for her child.
[[beta].sub.k]: the altruism coefficient of altruistic player keK;
Both the typical and personal episodes were categorized by means of two concurrent category systems each, describing the receivers (intimate, social and abstract) and reasons (reciprocal, altruistic and prejudiced) of contempt.
The prosocial and altruistic behavior also seems to have relevance with people's perception of a just world as indicated by many researches.
In all likelihood, there is considerable variation among people in the strength of their individualistic and altruistic genes.
Are they altruistic? If not, you may need an overhaul.
The results show a strong negative effect of neighbourhood income deprivation on altruistic behaviour, with an average of 87% of letters dropped in the wealthier neighbourhoods being returned compared to only an average 37% return rate in poorer neighbourhoods.
Kate Clarkson, a Unite representative and Health Visitor for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust tells CP why she became an altruistic kidney donor
It said why only some of the cells become altruistic.
"We know from evidence that voluntary, altruistic and repeated blood donation is the best way for countries to ensure a safe and sufficient blood supply," said Mirta Roses, director of PAHO.
Research in this field has advanced in ecology, where the following theories have been presented to explain the evolution of altruistic behaviour: green beard effect (altruistic behaviour will be exhibited toward individuals with specific tags); group selection (individuals belong to some subpopulation exhibiting altruistic behaviour); reciprocal altruism (individuals exhibit altruistic behaviour toward those who exhibit altruistic behaviour); and kin selection (individuals seek to enhance their relatives' fitness, where fitness is the expected number of offsprings).
You have seen Israel's army and medical personnel's altruistic aid to Haiti.